R.A. Dickey (1-0, 5.40 ERA) and Rick Porcello (9-15, 4.92 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (2-3) and the Boston Red Sox (2-1) at the Rogers Centre. The Red Sox won the last game 8-7, and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on NESN and RSN.
Dickey pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two in a 5-3 win over the Rays. Josh Donaldson (.238 ) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs. Porcello will pitch for the Red Sox. Last season he pitched 172.0 innings last season, going 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA 1.36 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Brock Holt (.500 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and five RBIs.
The odds for the game are Toronto -121, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently set at 9. Toronto is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping three bases.
The Red Sox capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, ranking .288 in the league with a .288 team batting average.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Red Sox won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 0-2. The Red Sox are 1-1 in close games this season.
The Toronto batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Boston has a record of 1-1 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 0-1. The Red Sox have a 2-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th, Boston sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 20 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 22.
Ranking 16th, Boston is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 12 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 16.
The Blue Jays are 2-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 2-1 when they hit at least one homer.